Sun, 08/05/2012

The Western Stallions are the first ever winners of Canada's National Cricket League compeition defeating the Pacific Edge by 76 runs in a rain reduced 26 over match on Sunday.

Batting first, the Stallions were led by Shazad Bashir (89). Bashir shared a 120 run 15 over partnership with Parveen Saroye (38) to pace the Stallions to the imposing total.  Satmaranjit Dhinsa (3-35) was the pick of the bowlers for the Edge.

In reply the Edge never got moving as only Gaurav Singh (38) really troubled the scorers. The Stallion bowlers all picked up a wicket and kept the asking run rate well above par for most of the innings.


All the teams will catch their breath and get ready for the T20 that starts this week.

Sat, 08/04/2012

The Pacific Edge and Western Stallions earned births in the NCL 50 over Final by registering convincing victories over the Prairie Fire and Central Shield respectively on Day 2 with disciplined batting and bowling efforts.

Both teams have gathered momentum through the first 4 days of competition and will lock-up in what is sure to be an entertaining close to the 50 over leg of the competition.

The showdown clash is reminiscent of last year’s NCL T20 Western Division where Alberta and British Columbia met at Edmonton’s Victoria Park with BC taking the Western division title.


Semi-Final 1 :: Central Shield vs Western Stallions
Semi-Final 2 :: Pacific Edge vs Prairie Fire

Cricket Canada welcomes all to King City for both the NCL Final and 3rd place playoff between the Prairie Fire and Central Shield.  Matches start at 11:00am.

For viewers unable to attend the matches, Cricket Canada’s web streaming partner Sorkkam.TV will cover the Final LIVE on their website.

Thu, 08/02/2012

“Spin is King” in difficult batting conditions on Day 1 of the inaugural Cricket Canada National Cricket League as the Prairie Fire and Pacific Edge both register wins and qualify for Day 2 Semi-Finals in the 50 over leg of the tournament.

MATCH 1 :: Pacific Edge vs Eastern Fury :: The partnership of Canadian National Team captain Rizwan Cheema (28 from 38 balls including 4 sixes) and Canada u19 all-rounder Nikhil Dutta (22 from 58 balls) formed the only notable partnership as the Eastern Fury struggled to a paltry 85 all out from 27.3 overs.  The Pacific Edge assault was led by a 4 wicket performance from spinner Rashid Masood (4-33 in 9 overs).

The Pacific Edge run chase was not without incident, however, as they lost 7 wickets to reach the low total in 30.4 overs.  Edge batsman Mandeep Rehan occupied the crease in guiding his team home to victory with a cautiously paced 22 runs from 84 balls, which included a single boundary.

The Edge now advance to a de facto Semi-Final matchup with the Prairie Fire, winners of match 2, for an opportunity to enter Sunday’s Final and be crowned the NCL 50 over champion.  The Eastern Fury, by virtue of having a lower NRR than the Western Stallions, losers of match 2, are now relegated to a development match versus a combined Universities XI and look to re-enter the completion in better form during next week’s T20 leg.


MATCH 2 :: Western Stallions vs Prairie Fire :: Paced by an entertaining 77 run performance from Canadian Trevin Bastiampillai, the Fire put up a total of 180 runs from 43.4 overs that remained out of reach for the Western Stallions who only managed 131 from 34.5 overs in response.

The Western Stallions, captained by Canadian seamer Khurram Chohan (0-16 in 8 overs), started well and were treated to a 2nd over run out of national team batsman Hiral Patel (0) by Zahid Chaudhary and coupled with an aggressive spell by Canada A seamer Grant Broadhurst (2-25 in 6 overs) that saw both Harpartap Singh Sandu and the ever dangerous Raza-Ur Rehman dismissed leaving the Fire reeling at 10-3 from 3.3 overs.

The Western bowling, although tidy at times, seemed to lose the plot and allow the Prairie Fire to consolidate and gather momentum around the partnership of Bastiampillai (76 from 108) and Jatinder Mathuru (30 from 45).

The Stallions requiring 3.6 RPO for victory, suffered at the hands of Prairie Fire spinners who did the lion’s share of damage as Junaid Siddiqui (4-32 in 10 overs), Hiral Patel (2-25 in 4 overs), and Raza-Ur Rehman (3-21 in 9 overs) left the Stallions’ innings well short of the required target.

The Fire will now look forward to a one-off show down with the Pacific Edge for a chance to reach Sunday’s final, while the Stallions, although losing the contest, maintained a better NRR than match 1 losers Eastern Fury, will have an opportunity in a Semi-Final knock out with the Central Shield who make their first appearance in the 2012 NCL after receiving a first round bye.


Tue, 07/31/2012

Cricket Canada is pleased to announce the inaugural National Cricket League (NCL) to take place at Maple Leaf Cricket Club in King City, ON from August 2-11th, 2012.  The five team, ten day event will consist of a multi-format 50 over and T20 competition featuring Canada’s top 65 High Performance & Elite cricketers.

Squads contain a balance of the top 21 HP cricketers and 44 Elite cricketers from across the country to ensure both regional representation and multiple national team members in each representative team to form Cricket Canada’s top tier domestic competition.

Amit Joshi, Tournament Director and Cricket Canada 3rd Vice President offered the following statement in support of the NCL:

"Cricket Canada is excited to launch this unique format where our top high performance cricketers mix up with other elite cricketers in the country to play in what will be a highly competitive tournament. We have worked in conjunction with the ICC to ensure appropriated funding for this and future events and it's compliance to an ICC High Performance Program mandate of supporting a sustainable domestic structure in Associate countries such as Canada. The National Cricket League (NCL) will continue to develop and implement a national HP cricket culture into every region of the country and become an integral pathway to our national teams"

ICC High Performance Manager, Richard Done, who oversees the global ICC High Performance Program aimed at improving the competitiveness of the best Associate and Affiliate Members, including Canada, added:

“Implementing a sustainable regional competition that provides a clear pathway towards National selection can only be good for Canadian cricket. In a country the size of Canada it means that the best provincial players from east to west will, for the first time in a consistent National competition, be able to prove themselves against their peers and challenge equally for National Team places. Youngsters with ambition will know that, if they are good enough and perform, they can now move from League to Province to NCL Team and then represent their country at the highest level. I look forward to Cricket Canada’s NCL and the Canadian team going from strength to strength in years to come.”

Matches will be played on turf with live ball-by-ball updates on courtesy CricHQ.

Cricket Canada would like to extend a warm invitation to all cricket fans in the region to “Join the Movement” and attend the daily action at King City with friends and family to support their favourite team and athlete.

Regions Title Bar




Amarbir (Jimmy) Hansra – Captain – Abbotsford, BC, Sunny Gainder – Abbotsford, BC, Varinder Grewal – Abbotsford, BC, Gurpreet Grewal – Abbotsford, BC, Rashid Masood – Surrey, BC, Umer Nawaz – Vancouver, BC, Dilpreet Dhillon – Abbotsford, BC, Mandeep Rehan – Surrey, BC, Gaurav Singh – Burnaby, BC, Gurkaran Dhillon – Surrey, BC, Amanpal Gillar – Richmond, BC, Satsmiranjit S Dhindsa – Toronto – ON, Harmanjit Sangha – Surrey, BC, Manjit Singh Sidhu – Surrey, BC

Coach: Thanethiran Kurooparan – Vancouver – BC, Manager: Anil Khanna – Vancouver - BC




Hamza Tariq – Captain – Toronto, ON, Sudeepta Aurka– Calgary, AB, Shehzad Bashir – Edmonton, AB, Grant Broadhurst– Calgary, AB, Zahid Chaudhary – Calgary, AB, Khurram Chohan– Calgary, AB, Parth Desai– Scarborough, ON, Jeremy Gordon– Toronto, ON, Usman Limbada – Scarborough, ON, Farooq Quereshi – Calgary, AB, Parveen Saroye– Calgary, AB, Khurram Tahir – Calgary, AB, Yasoob Ul Haq – Edmonton, AB

Coach: Khurram Chohan – Calgary, AB, Manager: Wasim Khan – Calgary, AB



Henry Osinde – Captain – Toronto, ON, Ahmad Abu Bakar Saadi – Winnipeg, MB, Mohammad (Waleed) Ahmed – Winnipeg, MB, Trevin Bastiampillai – Scarborough, ON, Joseph Lovelace – Winnipeg, MB, Jatinder Matharu – Winnipeg, MB, Trevor Manoosingh – Winnipeg, MB, Hiral Patel– Scarborough, ON, Raza-ur-Rehman – Toronto, ON, Junaid Siddiqui – Scarborough, ON, Harpartap Singh Sandu – Saskatoon, SK, Harpreet Singh – Regina, SK

Coach: Ron Dipchand – Winnipeg, MB, Manager: Hargulshan (Mike) Sharma – Regina, SK




50 Over Squad

Zubin Surkari - Captain,  Dean AbzalTristan AliDarius D’Souza, Rahim Hameidi, Keshavan Juverajan,  Ammar Khalid, Saad Nazar, Rayan Khan Pathan, Tyrone Roberts, Varun Sehdev, Akash Shah, Shahroze Shah, Srimantha Wijeyratne, Saad Bin Zafar

Coach: Mukesh Narulla, Manager: Chris Shaw

T20 Squad

Shahroze Shah - Captain, Gaurav Ahluwalia, Owais Ahmed, Hemlet Gordon, Damien Holder, Keshavan Juverajan, Ammar Khalid, Seenaraine Narine, Ryan Khan Pathan, Ravinderjit Phawaha, Varun Sehdev, Dilshan Sudesh, Srimantha Wijeyaratne, Saad Bin Zafar, Asad Zaidi

Coach: Farouk Kirmani, Manager: Praim Persaud



Rizwan Cheema – Captain – Scarborough, ON, Maninderjit Singh Aulakh- Richmond, BC, Kathir Chenthilnathan - St. John’s, NF, Nikhil Dutta – Mississauga, ON, Sheryas Dhond – Halifax, NS, Ruvindu Gunasekera – Scarborough, ON, Akram Khan – Fredricton, NB, Deepak Pabla - Montreal, PQ, Axay Patel– Montreal, PQ, Harikrishnan Raghuraman – Halifax, NS, Suresh Ramkisoon - Montreal, PQ, Darren Ramsammy - Toronto, ON, Gayan Malinga Wijethilake - Montreal, PQ

Coach: Arvind Patel – Montreal, PQ, Manager: Senthil Selvamani – St. John’s, NF




MATCHES START at 11:00am EXCEPT MATCH 3 & 6 (3:00pm)




Tournament Director       Amit Joshi                   3rd Vice President

Technical Committee      Ingleton Liburd          Domestic Development Manager

                                               Kantilal Patel             Umpiring Coordinator

                                               Calvin Clarke            General Secretary


Cricket Canada is the definitive National Sports Organization (NSO) for cricket in Canada as recognized by the Government of Canada, Sport Canada, and the International Cricket Council.  Cricket Canada’s mission is to govern, develop, and promote cricket for the enjoyment of all Canadians.

About Cricket

International: Cricket is one of the most rapidly growing sports in the world and participated in by over 100 countries.   The International Cricket Council (ICC), the world governing body for the sport, has identified North America and China as its two major growth markets.

Domestic: Cricket in Canada has experienced significant growth in participation over the past years with an estimated 40,000 recreational cricketers playing the sport. Cricket is currently established in over 2,000 schools nationally and with investment from Cricket Canada, private corporations, and government funding, is expected to support a 45% annual growth.

Heritage: Canada’s first Prime Minister, John A. MacDonald, declared cricket Canada’s first national sport. The world’s first recorded international sporting fixture took place in Montreal, Canada – a cricket match between Canada and the United States in 1844. Canada has participated in four ICC Cricket World Cups; 1979, 2003, 2007, and 2011. 

The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup had a global viewership of over 2 billion people. Canada maintains a top 15 international ranking among Men’s, Women’s, U19, and U15 programs and is the highest ranked member of the ICC from the America’s region.

Sun, 07/22/2012

The final stop of the 2012 MCC Tour of Canada provided a last ball thriller ending in a tie.


Canada Select Squad

Suresh Samkisoon - QUE
Waleed Khan - MB
Nikhil Dutta - ON
Raza-ur-Rehman - ON
Ruvindu Gunasekera - ON
Henry Osinde - ON - Captain
Darius D'Souza - ON
Saad Nazar - ON
Junaid Siddiqui - ON
Keshavan Juvarajan - ON
Tristan Ali - ON

Thu, 07/12/2012


After not a ball was bowled in the 4-day Intercontinental Cup match, and the first one-day international, play finally took place in Canada’s final match of the tour of Scotland.

Canada made a steady start with Gunasekera striking a couple of boundaries. Patel was struggling however and when he was leg before to Evans he had made 3 from 22 balls – 26/1 in the 9th over. Kumar helped Gunasekera put up the fifty before being caught behind for 9. Gunasekera made 53 from 75 balls before being stumped. Daesrath made a useful 24 as part of a 47 run partnership with Zeeshan Siddiqi. The score at that point was 134/3 with 12 overs remaining, but Canada only added another 43 runs. Zeeshan Siddiqi made 43 before hitting his own wicket, and two run outs finished off the innings in the last over for 176.

Jeremy Gordon dismissed the dangerous Kyle Coetzer with his second delivery, when Coetzer cut him straight to point. Calum Macleod however treated some friendly opening bowling with little respect, and the score mounted rapidly with the fifty coming up in the 9th over. The spinners slowed the scoring rate somewhat but the Scots comfortably progressed towards the modest target with Macleod reaching his fifty in the 15th over. Soraine bowled Davie when he returned to the attack, then Patel bowled Goudie. Soraine took a second wicket – 2/52 from his 10 overs. 23 year-old Macleod made a career best 99* as Scotland won by 4 wickets with 8 overs in hand.

CricInfo scorecard
Live stream


Tue, 07/10/2012

As poor weather continued to batter the British Isles, Canada's first ODI against Scotland was officially abandoned on Tuesday. Despite the best efforts of Cricket Scotland and a change of venue ithe second ODI now also looks in doubt due to poor weather. 

Canada and Scotland will take one point each from the first ODI.

Mon, 07/09/2012

Canada fought back from 77 for 6 as Gurkaran Dhillon combined with Trevor Manoosingh and Abrash Khan for two vital partnerships that helped their side chase down a target of 199 in 47 overs to defeat Bermuda by two wickets on Monday at the 2012 ICC Americas U-18 Match Play Camp in Lauderhill, Florida. Dhillon top scored with 63 not out off 100 balls to take Canada across the line in a match that Bermuda seemed destined to win only for Canada to make a great fightback in the last 13 overs.



Sun, 07/08/2012

After the original ground, The Citylets Grange, was declared unplayable after the ground was flooded when the Water of  Leith burst its banks following recent heavy rainfall.

A formal request to move the fixture was made by the host Cricket Scotland to ICC today (Sunday 8 June). The final decision to switch venues was made after consultation with the ICC, an investigation of the conditions at Ayr and discussing the options with both team managements, who both agreed to the change of venue because of the exceptional circumstances.

The first match day, scheduled for Monday 9 July, has already been abandoned. It is hoped that with the benefit of a full day of preparation that the first WCL Championship game will now utilise the reserve day and be played at Ayr on Tuesday 10 July.  The second ODI will be played as scheduled on Wednesday 11 July with the ability to use the reserve day on Thursday 12th July if required.

The top two teams from the WCL Championship will automatically join ICC’s 10 Full Members in the ICC CWC 2015, while the bottom six teams in the WCL Championship will receive a second qualifying opportunity when they will lock horns for the remaining two places in the ICC CWC 2015 by competing in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier (CWCQ) in early 2014.

Cricket Scotland Chief Executive Roddy Smith stated, ‘’Every effort is being made by the ICC, Cricket Scotland and the teams to play these vital games.  The weather that has hit Scotland in recent weeks is unprecedented and has given all our clubs  major problems.  We are very grateful to Ayr CC for both agreeing to host the matches at a couple of days’ notice and now working so hard to get their ground ready for Tuesday.  We just have to hope that the weather improves and we can play some cricket”.

Sat, 07/07/2012

Canada's much anticipated ICUP match with Scotland was abandoned without a ball being bowled due to the monsoon like deluge that hammered the UK during the past week.  The barrage of wet weather instigated flooding to the outfield at Uddingston Cricket Club in Titwood near Glasgow where the match was to be played.  Further to this, damage to a flood wall at the Grange in Edinburgh has forced a late shift of ODI venue to Ayr Cricket Club.

Each team will receive 10 points for the ICUP match and shift focus to the ODI series that holds valuable World Cricket League Championship points. Coverage of both ODI's to be provided by QuipuTV and streamed LIVE on

ODI #1 | Tuesday July 10th, 2012 | 5:45am ET
ODI #2 | Wednesday July 11th, 2012 | 5:45am ET